The recent article about a 30 year old mother whose death was caused by too much Coca-Cola saddens me on so many levels. It is a tragedy for a woman in the prime of her life to leave behind eight children and a husband for any reason. It is disgusting that Coca-Cola is not admitting that 10 litres of Coke consumption per day could possibly be responsible for this young woman’s death. And it is also terribly sad that anyone could think that 10 litres of Coke consumption per day could possibly be healthy.
Some people are calling for warning labels to be placed on food and beverage items to help prevent this kind of needless loss. Personally, I believe we need to take it back to the grass roots and start educating ourselves and our children about healthy eating.
We live in a Western society that is rife with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. We rely on “modern medicine” to save us with the “magic pill” (or should I say pills) as soon as thing start going pear-shaped. We pour bucket loads of money into researching new drugs, new surgeries and new treatments for these diseases, but we don’t stop for a moment, and look at education as a powerful tool for prevention!
Every condition mentioned above can either be prevented, treated, or improved by a healthy lifestyle and educated food and beverage choices. Let’s stop focusing on treatment and start working on prevention!
The drug companies don’t want this happening of course; without illness they have no income. They need to sell a pill to gain a buck. So prevention is in YOUR hands! It has to be up to the individual to start this huge ball rolling.
Simple steps to start:
• Everything in moderation- even 10L of water per day will be deadly
• Keep it simple- you don’t have to create masterpieces with 100 ingredients to have a delicious meal e.g. steamed veggies with olive oil and garlic and grilled fish with pepper and lemon- Yum!!
• Start from scratch- cook with whole foods, if you can’t identify what is was in nature, don’t eat it!
• If it’s not a word used in modern language don’t eat it- stay away from foods that contain scary chemical names and numbers
• Listen to your body- symptoms such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, etc mean something is wrong. Your body is trying to tell you something. Go to your natural healthcare practitioner to gain insight.
No matter where you are in life, you can always turn over a new leaf. You may need some help initially, but as soon as those lessons are learn, you can go on to spread the word and share your knowledge with others. Teach your children, your family, your friends. If enough people become aware and start caring about health, we can make some of the biggest, most amazing changes our world has ever seen!
“Drinking too much Coke killed mother of eight Natasha Harris, a New Zealand coroner has found. Ms Harris drank up to 10 litres of Coke every day – equal to more than twice the recommended safe daily limit of caffeine and almost 1 kilogram of sugar.
She died aged 30, on February 25, 2010, from a cardiac arrest. Her partner, Christopher Hodgkinson, found her seated on the toilet, slumped against the wall and gasping for air.
Natasha Harris, who died in February 2010, after drinking up to 10 litres of Coke a day. Coca-Cola has argued that the huge quantities of Coke drunk daily by Ms Harris day could not be proven to have contributed to her death. But in findings released on Tuesday, New Zealand coroner David Crerar said Ms Harris would not have died if it wasn’t for her dependence on Coke.
‘‘I found that, when all of the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died.’’ Read more here:
Do you think junk-food needs to have warning labels? Is there enough education already about the health dangers of soft-drinks and junk-food?